Please note that I do in not support Julius Malema or the EFF in any manner.
However, us as South Africans need to wake up to the reality that is Julius Malema. I have no doubt that Malema will become president of South Africa, whether in 2018 or at a later stage.
Unfortunately, us South Africans (especially us white South Africans) write Malema off as a corrupt thief who will be heading for jail in the near future, rather than the real presidential threat he poses. We are quick to comment low-IQ points like he is an idiot, he will be heading for jail, he is just looking for (media) attention, etc., without actually reading his points about certain topics.
Granted, Malema is not the brightest spark in politics, but he does make some valid points in between as well (the latest being about the election laws favouring the existing political parties and the majority party in government). Read what he says, some of it actually makes sense.
As much as I hate to admit it, he does have valid points amongst his land redistribution, as well as nationalizing mines & financial institutions arguments.
Please read on before becoming aggravated about what I have written thus far.
I am not saying that I support land redistribution, nationalizing mines or financial institutions by force.
I am not talking about a 2nd Zimbabwe here.
I am simply trying to see certain points through the eyes for a low-income and less educated citizen of South Africa, who are the majority.
South Africa does have a strong infrastructure, as well as wealth, which is mainly controlled by the white minority. This is a fact. Most of the commercial farms are controlled by the white minority.
I know what most of you are going to shout out now. These infrastructures, wealth & agricultural sectors are the results of many years of hard work, and cannot just be taken away. I agree.
What I do not agree on (for example), is the number of unused productive land, belonging to eg. foreign farm owners. I know that there are many foreign farm owners who own more than 2 or 3 farms, and only make use of one, either for private gain or commercially. However, I feel that the unused productive land could be used to educate the local black population about what farming (step 2 commercial farming) is all about. This does not necessarily mean that the land must be taken away from the owner, but government, together with the local agricultural unions, should either offer the owner a realistic (albeit slightly less) price for the land, or work together with the owners in leasing the land for educational programs to further enhance the education levels and understanding of this sector.
A similar program could be set up in the mining & banking sectors, which would gradually increase the understanding of these pillars amongst those who, at the moment, see it as products of the apartheid regime.
I believe that increasing the overall education, understanding & awareness of various sectors of business in our country through local programs would make a lot more sense that the current system, which sees large corporate enterprises running after every black university graduate, with a huge compensation package attached, just to balance their BEE quota’s.
South Africa will be a lot better off if more non-white people manage to work their way into the corporate sector, and into management positions through hard work, and not fast-tracked due to BEE quotas.
So in essence, I do understand what Malema is trying to achieve for the nation, but I do not support his way in getting there. Force is no solution, and never has been throughout humanity.
The main problem lies with the low-income and less educated citizen seeing the current infrastructures and wealth in place, and Malema telling them “go get it, it also belongs to you”. Malema knows which strings to pull and what to say to draw the masses. These tactics have worked with various leaders throughout Africa.
I am still convinced that the media-man Malema has another side to him, which has not yet been shown.
I am also convinced that Malema will not go to jail, and will “only” be fined for his corruption cases.
Julius Malema is gaining more & more support by the day, and this is not only the common man on the street. Malema has a large network of people standing behind him, including some very wealthy and powerful people, white & black, local & foreign.
I have long stopped seeing Malema as a joke figure, but rather fear what the future could hold, when (not if) he comes to power.